Mary Wade

She spends her days sweeping the streets of London for pennies, eleven years old and sentenced to death for the theft of a coat to keep her warm, what becomes of little Mary Wade? What will your mother think, what can your father do?

Be merry still
Be Merry

Mary Wade

Little merry Mary,
Where have you gone?
Merry it is when Spring comes,
When birds sing
And flowers bloom
But now the winter winds are strong
And the nights are long.

Little merry Mary,
Where have you gone?
Gone to Australia
Aboard the Lady Juliana
For the theft of a frock
To warm a child’s heart
Sorrow and mourn is my lot

Merry still, my little Mary
Spring will come again
The ewe bleats, the lamb follows
The cow calls its calf
In green meadows cowslips bloom
And far across the ocean blue
My heart warms
With thoughts of you

Spring memories
Spring memories

Mary Ann Wade (1777 – 1859) was 11 years old when sentenced to death for the theft of a coat. King George III commuted her sentence to banishment and exile. She was shipped aboard the Lady Juliana to Australia.

Today, her descendants number in the tens of thousands and include a former prime minister of Australia.

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Author: traditionshome

Stickley Furniture and unique home furnishings in Overland Park and Wichita, .

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